Merry Making

Chocolate Pretzels Liv playing Jingle Bells Liv reading

I am absorbing as much magic as I can this holiday season. Appreciating the little moments. So if I'm not here as often, I hope you will understand. My little girl is transforming into a big girl before my eyes. At only nine, I know she still has a lot of childhood left but the little kid stuff, well I see that ebbing away. Each day, as another Advent Activity calendar door creaks open, I feel a tiny loss. Will she want to see Santa next year? How long before she doesn't have time to craft and bake with me anymore?

I know these things will be replaced by different activities and joys and I will love them too, but I can't help but want to hold onto these days for just a little longer. So I'm savoring each moment. Taking a breath. Putting aside things I "should" do, to make time to watch life unfold, minute by minute. I'm hoping your moments are as merry and bright as mine are. 

Personalized Gifts

Laura Kelly Christmas Peeps

Today, while I was wandering the stores, fighting through crowds and browsing through meaningless gifts, I became frustrated with the holiday tradition of gift giving. Don't get me wrong. I LOVE to give gifts, I just don't love to buy gifts for the mere sake of buying them. I don't want to give the peopleContinue Reading

Faux Chalkboard DIY Holiday Gift Tags

Faux Chalkboard DIY Holiday Gift Tags

This week the holiday madness begins. While I'm trying to be very careful to keep things down to a dull roar around here, it's a very busy week. I don't know about you, but I'm really trying not to say yes to everything. I stop before I commit and make sure it's something I reallyContinue Reading

Doodle Ornaments

Doodle Ornaments with LauraBrayDesigns.com

As many you know, I'm the on the Smoothfoam Design Team. This month we were all challenged to use the Smoothfoam balls to create beautiful ornaments. There are about million ways to create an ornament from a Smoothfoam ball, but I finally settled on simply painting and doodling on mine. I kind of love it.Continue Reading

What I Learned on Vacation

Vacation Lessons::LauraBrayDesigns.com

I just returned from a lovely vacation in Maui with my family. Whenever I go on vacation, I find that I bring something back with me. Not just souvenirs or a head cold, but a new mindset. This trip was especially powerful for me as it coincided with my 45 birthday-a birthday that I haveContinue Reading

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving!

I just wanted to take a minute and thank each and every person who takes the time to visit me on my blog. Because of you, I am able to live the creative life of my dreams. I hope you have a wonderful holiday! I'll be back with tons of holiday tutorials in December!

Lamp Makeover with Krylon

Makeover a Lamp with Spray Paint: LauraBrayDesigns.com

Can you believe this lamp makeover? The lamp used to be "Shabby Chic". It had an off-white, crackle kind of finish and pink shade. It used to live in my daughter's nursery. She outgrew the lamp and so did I. I found it in the garage the other day and just happened to have aContinue Reading

Terrarium Kits

Terrarium Kits: LauraBrayDesigns.com

I'm a little crazy about terrariums right now. I found this great gift idea on Wit and Whistle,and so I'm making terrarium kits for teachers' gifts. Then I had to do a little drawing for a gift tag of a little girl with terrarium in her dress. Which then lead to another version in dollContinue Reading

DIY Memo Board

DIY Memo Board::LauraBrayDesigns.com

I had an old painting of flowers laying around my studio. It was okay, but it didn't really make sense as a painting by itself. It rolled around the studio, getting moved from place to place. Then one day, I piled a piece of cork on top it. I walked by a few minutes laterContinue Reading

Family Adventures: La Brea Tar Pits & Page Museum

Tips for Your Visit to the La Brea Tar Pits and Page Museum: LauraBrayDesigns.com

We have recently dedicated ourselves to going on at least one family adventure each month. Although it can sometimes feel hard to get out of the house on the weekends, we find that we're always much more refreshed if we push ourselves to get out and explore. This weekend, we went to the La BreaContinue Reading